After Hours at SC Aquarium: Oysterfest – Friday, February 1, 2019

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Spend your evening with us for all-inclusive experiences surrounded by water, wildlife and wild places at South Carolina Aquarium After Hours events. Enjoy small plates from our Good Catch partners plus beer, wine and entertainment as you stroll through the galleries, or just relax and enjoy the views of the Charleston Harbor in great company. Events are 21+.

We’re kicking off our 2019 After Hours event series with Oysterfest! Join us for a shuckin’ good time at our annual oyster festival featuring some of Charleston’s finest local cuisine and seafood fare from our Good Catch partners,?ACME Lowcountry Kitchen,?The Mills House ,?Charleston Harbor Fish House,?Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar,?CRU Catering and?B. Gourmet Catering.?Entertainment and a beer and wine bar are also provided with purchase of your all-inclusive ticket. Event is 21+.

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Smithsonian Earth to Stream SC Aquarium Work with Sea Turtles Live

Smithsonian Earth is now streaming the work the South Carolina Aquarium is doing with Sea Turtles.? This is a proud moment for Charleston and for the dedicated staff and volunteers that work with so much heart and passion to protect our seat turtles.

Thank you to our caring community and the Smithsonian for sharing our story.

About Sea Turtle Rescue

The waters off the coast of South Carolina are host to many sea turtle species, ranging from massive loggerheads to the Kemp’s Ridley, the world’s smallest and most endangered. The summer months show an uptick in the number of injured turtles that wash on shore, victims of everything from commercial dredging operations and fishing hooks to shark and stingray attacks. Fortunately, the dedicated team who make up the South Carolina Sea Turtle Rescue Center are on constant standby, ready to step up their rehabilitative efforts to ensure these ancient reptiles recover and return to their natural ocean habitat as soon as possible.

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SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center

Learn more about sea turtle hospital tours

A Day at the South Carolina Aquarium

Story and Photography by Mark A. Leon

In the coastal town of Charleston, South Carolina where charm and warm Southern etiquette are part of our DNA, it is fitting that we have an aquarium pitted right on the Charleston Harbor that deems the same beauty and respect as the rest of our colony.? Charleston is a place passionate about history, knowledge and marine biology.? From the sharks to the gators, stingrays to starfish, the interest for aquatic life is one that fuels us with ambition, intrigue and desire.? Even for those that have Southern blood through and through, the sighting of a dolphin or sea turtle is one filled with wonder.

As I walked through the floors of the South Carolina Aquarium with a spectacular view of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and passing sailboats in the back, I was taken to a time of innocence when I was a little boy and all I wanted to do was see all the colors of the fish, touch them as they swam beneath the water and talk to them hoping through some miracle they would talk back and with the addition of new Lego displays, that feeling of childhood was intensified.

Whether you are five years old or eighty, there is a place for you at the aquarium.? With wide open spaces, a staff that truly loves to teach and awe inspiring moments including an eight foot albino alligator and majestic bald eagle, you will not regret a day of escape and learning.

Come with me as we share a photo expose of a day at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Welcome to Liberty Square

 

 

Stingray
Stingray

 

Spectacular view of the harbor
Spectacular view of the harbor

 

Proud bald eagle loves to pose
Proud bald eagle loves to pose

 

Otters have a soothing waterfall to put them to sleep
Otters have a soothing waterfall to put them to sleep

 

Lego otter
Lego otter

 

Lego frog
Lego frog

 

Alligator
Alligator

 

Gator up close
Gator up close

 

A view poisonous snakes are lurking
A view poisonous snakes are lurking

 

Turtles just trotting along
Turtles just trotting along

 

Lego shark - Great photo opportunity
Lego shark – Great photo opportunity

 

Need information? Go to the Shrimp Shack
Go to the Shrimp Shack to purchase food to feed the outdoor water creatures

 

Bricks Alive - Where Lego and fish co-exist
Bricks Alive – Where Lego and fish co-exist

 

Nemo and Dory playing in their Lego home
Nemo and Dory playing in their Lego home

 

Love to pet the baby sharks
Love to pet the baby sharks

 

Starfish
Starfish

 

The rich colors and style of the ocean life
The rich colors and style of the ocean life

 

We are all in school to learn
We are all in school to learn

 

Just getting along
Just getting along

 

Lego dolphin - Sorry, no real ones
Lego dolphin – Sorry, no real ones

 

Belly flopping shark
Belly flopping shark

 

Rich blues of the ocean floor
Rich blues of the ocean floor

 

Just Flounering Around
Just Flounering Around

 

You Lookin' At Me?
You Lookin’ At Me?

 

Look Out! Its a Shark
Look Out! Its a Shark

 

Ollie’s Trading Post

 

Sea Turtle Love

If you have not visited, it is time to make your way, so round up the family and enjoy a day with the wonders of the water.? If you have already walked the hallowed halls, why not remember why you loved it in the first place.

For locals, the SC Aquarium offers wonderful annual passes/memberships.? Their new membership cards are now being produced with biodegradable material and make for a wonderful gift.

Learn more about the aquarium